Benjamin Netanyahu is a real setback for the Jewish homeland in Palestine. He might actually be right on certain issues. For example, a radical rejection of the imams of Iran might be the wisest policy for the west, so he might be right in terms of direction. But his rhetoric is a real setback, no question.
It seems to me that Israel should annex the west bank and give the indigenous the right to vote. If I could go back in time and be in control, I would undo the settler movement, so that the west bank would be set aside for a palestinian state, but the time machine has not been invented yet, so moving forward: annex and give citizenship. this is not what will happen in the short term under bibi.
moving further back in time i wonder how to undo the nakba and i haven't yet figured it out. obviously the complications from the alternate history of no exile for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians is too radically different from the path of the last 70 years and it is difficult to imagine and since the idea of undoing the nakba is not near and dear to the hearts of those in control of border crossings, interrogation rooms, airports and nuclear facilities, so there is a hypothetical aspect to these aspirations that seem quite distant from the reality, a distance that probably won't be traversed in the short range of my lifespan expectancy.
bradley burston writes glowingly of the partnership of equality minded jews and palestinians. maybe it is a seed that can bear fruit. but it is very far from the corner of israel that seems to win elections.
but back to bibi. even compared to rabin, barak, olmert and sharon, none of whom are/were sweethearts, bibi stands out as particularly pugnacious and annoying. but he's a smart guy and somewhere i think he even in his own heart knows that action is called for on the gaza front. regarding the west bank he is against giving the Palestinians the vote and he is against ceding control, so the occupation without citizenship is the goal from here to the foreseeable, but regarding gaza there is no such imperative and i bet you he'd like to set gaza in a specific (hamas) direction. but he's too politically astute to pull something like that now (less than 15 months until the next election, probably closer to 9 months) and one imagines that the habit of following the polls rather than acting in bold strokes might continue to rule his policy until his rule comes to an end.
if the police ever indict him he'll probably hold onto power at least for a while. he will not let go of the prime minister's chair so easily.